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Healthcare/Long-Term Care Facility - Dry Physical Therapy Flooring

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Residents of all acuity levels may at some point need physical therapy services in a long-term care facility. This large open space provides plenty of room for residents to execute their therapy programs with the help of exercise equipment and assistive devices. Flooring in this area is required to withstand high foot traffic and offer impact and indentation resistance to heavy stationary equipment.

Recommended Flooring
Several flooring products in the Armstrong healthcare portfolio are suitable for a physical therapy space, including sheet, LVT, and VCT. For an affordable, greener option, consider Armstrong’s exclusive BBT® bio-flooring.

While all the recommended resilient floors have a proven long product life, it’s worth noting that sheet and LVT provide excellent resistance to normal wear-and-tear and abrasions. For static load and indentation resistance, BBT® bio-flooring is a good choice.

Residents needing physical therapy to assist with injury or surgery recovery, or to improve mobility from chronic conditions, typically visit the physical rehabilitation area in the long-term care facility. Despite the therapeutic nature of the space, designers are choosing warm, home-like visuals over the cool, institutional looks of the past.

Creating a Healing Environment
Natural Creations® LVT collection offers rich, warm designs and wood tones that complement any décor. Coordinate the LVT line with heterogeneous Rejuvenations™ sheet with soothing visuals in wood and stone. For a more fashion-forward design plan, the Rejuvenations™ Ambigu™ line with homespun tweeds and Striations BBT® bio-flooring with trendy striated tile looks will help create a space that relaxes and restores.

Wayfinding
The Armstrong flooring recommendations for this space may also be coordinated to create a wayfinding design that helps residents navigate to designated therapy areas, like stair climbing, weight lifting, and balance training.

All Armstrong resilient products recommended for physical therapy spaces have fast-install options. Sheet and LVT floors can be installed with S-543 High-Moisture Adhesive. Tile products, VCT and BBT® bio-flooring, use S-521 High-Moisture Adhesive. Both adhesive types reduce the wait time for installation and eliminate the need for moisture remediation systems.

LVT with the I-Set™ Installation System
Natural Creations® with the I-Set™ Installation System makes installation fast, easy, and secure. Tiles and planks have an adhesive backing for quick installations – no curing is necessary. And this system maintains adhesion as well as traditional glue-down methods. After installation, the space can be returned to productive use immediately.

All recommended resilient products require daily and periodic maintenance to protect and preserve the floor’s attractive appearance and increase its service life.

Sheet and LVT offer no polish/low maintenance options that require only daily sweeping and damp mopping and, when necessary, machine-scrubbing using a properly diluted neutral detergent solution. Spray buffing will also restore the like-new appearance of these floors.


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